Athletics at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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The now-modernised Cardiff Arms Park.

At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales in July 1958. A total of 29 athletics events were contested at the Games, 20 by men and 9 by women. Four Games records were improved over the competition and three world records were set (at 440 yards hurdles, women's javelin, women's 4 x 110 yards relay).

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards  Keith Gardner (JAM) 9.66  Tom Robinson (BAH) 9.69  Mike Agostini (TRI) 9.79
220 yards  Tom Robinson (BAH) 21.08  Keith Gardner (JAM) 21.11  Gordon Day (SAF) 21.15
440 yards  Milkha Singh (IND) 46.71  Malcolm Spence (SAF) 46.9  Terry Tobacco (CAN) 47.05
880 yards  Herb Elliott (AUS) 1:49.32  Brian Hewson (ENG) 1:49.47  Mike Rawson (ENG) 1:50.94
1 mile  Herb Elliott (AUS) 3:59.03  Merv Lincoln (AUS) 4:01.80  Albie Thomas (AUS) 4:02.77
3 miles  Murray Halberg (NZL) 13:14.96  Albie Thomas (AUS) 13:24.37  Neville Scott (NZL) 13:26.06
6 miles  Dave Power (AUS) 28:48.16  John Merriman (WAL) 28:48.84  Arere Anentia (KEN) 28:51.48
Marathon  Dave Power (AUS) 2:22:46  Johannes Barnard (SAF) 2:22:58  Peter Wilkinson (ENG) 2:24:42
120 yards hurdles  Keith Gardner (JAM) 14.20w GR  Jacobus Swart (SAF) 14.30w  Ghulam Raziq (PAK) 14.32w
440 yards hurdles  Gert Potgieter (SAF) 49.73 (WR) GR  David Lean (AUS) 50.59  Bartonjo Rotich (KEN) 51.75
High jump  Ernle Haisley (JAM) 2.06 m  Chilla Porter (AUS) 2.03 m  Robert Kotei (GHA) 2.00 m
Pole vault  Geoff Elliott (ENG) 4.16 m  Robert Reid (CAN) 4.16 m  Merv Richards (NZL) 4.16 m
Long jump  Paul Foreman (JAM) 7.47 m  Deryck Taylor (JAM) 7.47 m  Muhammad Ramzan Ali (PAK) 7.33 m
Triple jump  Ian Tomlinson (AUS) 15.74 m (w)  Jack Smyth (CAN) 15.69 m  Dave Norris (NZL) 15.45 m
Shot put  Arthur Rowe (ENG) 17.57 m  Martyn Lucking (ENG) 16.50 m  Barry Donath (AUS) 15.79 m
Discus throw  Fanie du Plessis (SAF) 55.94 m  Les Mills (NZL) 51.73 m  Gerry Carr (ENG) 51.63 m
Hammer throw  Mike Ellis (ENG) 62.9 m  Muhammad Iqbal (PAK) 61.7 m  Peter Allday (ENG) 57.58 m
Javelin throw  Colin Smith (ENG) 71.29 m  Jalal Khan (PAK) 70.83 m  Hans Moks (CAN) 70.41 m
4×110 yards relay  England
Adrian Breacker
David Segal
Roy Sandstrom
Peter Radford
40.72  Nigeria
James Omagbemi
Smart Akrara
Thomas Obi
Victor Odofin
41.05  Australia
Hector Hogan
Jim McCann
Kevan Gosper
Terry Gale
41.64
4×440 yards relay  South Africa
Gerald Evans
Gert Potgieter
Gordon Day
Malcolm Spence
3:08.21  England
Derek Johnson
Ted Sampson
John Wrighton
John Salisbury
3:09.61  Jamaica
George Kerr
Gerald James
Keith Gardner
Malcolm Spence
3:10.08

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards  Marlene Willard (AUS) 10.7  Heather Young (ENG) 10.73  Madeleine Weston (ENG) 10.81
220 yards  Marlene Willard (AUS) 23.65 GR  Betty Cuthbert (AUS) 23.77  Heather Young (ENG) 23.9
80 metres hurdles  Norma Thrower (AUS) 10.72w GR  Carole Quinton (ENG) 10.77w  Gloria Wigney (AUS) 10.94w
High jump  Michele Mason (AUS) 1.70 m  Mary Donaghy (NZL) 1.70 m  Helen Frith (AUS) 1.65 m
Long jump  Sheila Hoskin (ENG) 6.02 m (w)  Mary Bignal (ENG) 5.97 m (w)  Bev Watson (AUS) 5.97 m (w)
Shot put  Val Sloper (NZL) 15.54 m  Suzanne Allday (ENG) 14.44 m  Jackie Gelling (CAN) 14.03 m
Discus throw  Suzanne Allday (ENG) 45.91 m  Jennifer Thompson (NZL) 45.29 m  Val Sloper (NZL) 44.93 m
Javelin throw  Anna Pazera (AUS) 57.40 m (WR)  Magdalena Swanepoel (SAF) 48.73 m  Averil Williams (ENG) 46.78 m
4×110 yards relay  England
Madeleine Weston
Dorothy Hyman
June Paul
Heather Young
45.37 (WR)  Australia
Betty Cuthbert
Kay Johnson
Marlene Mathews-Willard
Wendy Hayes
46.12  Canada
Diane Matheson
Eleanor Haslam
Freyda Berman
Maureen Rever
47.21

Medal table[edit]

Australia's Herb Elliott scored double gold with wins in the 880 yards and mile run.
Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 10 6 6 22
2  England 8 7 7 22
3  Jamaica 4 2 1 7
4  South Africa 3 4 1 8
5  New Zealand 2 3 4 9
6  Bahamas 1 1 0 2
7  India 1 0 0 1
8  Canada 0 2 4 6
9  Pakistan 0 2 2 4
10=  Nigeria 0 1 0 1
10=  Wales 0 1 0 1
12  Kenya 0 0 2 2
13  Ghana 0 0 1 1
13  Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 1 1
Total 29 29 29 87

References[edit]

Results